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Politicians and public urged to ‘STOP AND THINK’ on 27 October – the 43rd Anniversary of Abortion Act

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Issued by Christian Concern
Press Release
For Immediate Release
22 October 2010
 
POLITICIANS AND PUBLIC URGED TO ‘STOP AND THINK’ ON
27 October  – the 43rd Anniversary of Abortion Act
 
A CHRISTIAN organisation is urging politicians and members of the public to ‘Stop and Think’ next Wednesday, October 27, the 43rd anniversary of the passing of the Abortion Act (1967) as a new survey reveals widespread ignorance about the scale of abortion in Britain. 
 
Since the 1967 Act, over 7,000,000 babies have been aborted in Britain, with more than 200,000 taking place in 2009 alone.
 
However, the poll undertaken last weekend by ComRes* revealed that nearly one-third of all people (30%) say that they think fewer than 20,000 abortions take place in Britain each year, and one in ten people (10%) say they think 20,001-50,000 abortions take place.   A further 41% say they do not know the figure. Only 3% estimated a figure between 150,001 and 250,000.
 
In the 18-24 age group, 45% polled believe fewer than 20,000 abortions take place each year – one tenth of the real picture!
 
To help highlight the ‘hidden reality’ of the situation, Christian Concern has booked adverts on buses around central London. The group will also be leading a Vigil outside Parliament on the day as well as hosting a national ‘Service of Lament’ in Westminster, at which the former Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev’d Michael Nazir-Ali will speak.
 
Christian Concern believes that MPs and Lords who voted in the 1967 Act never imagined that within four decades 7,000,000 babies would have been aborted, or, that the reasons for abortion would have been so relaxed over the years.
 
Andrea Minichiello Williams, CEO of Christian Concern, said: “As this survey reveals, there is widespread ignorance in our nation as to the scale of abortion. On the 43rd anniversary of the Abortion Act, through these adverts, acts of witness and lament, we aim to provide individuals, the Church and our nation with an opportunity to stop and think about the wide ranging implications of an act that has affected so many families in this country. For too long abortion has been a taboo subject, a situation that only compounds the problems that abortion brings. It is time for society to face up to the hidden scale and consequences of abortion.”
  
For further information visit: www.chooselifecampaign.org
 
ENDS.
 For information/interview:
Andrew Marsh (Christian Concern): 07919 354456
Andrea Minichiello Williams (Christian Concern): 07712 591164
 
Editor’s Note:
Survey undertaken by ComRes on behalf of Christian Concern’s Choose Life Campaign.
 
*ComRes interviewed 1,001 GB adults by telephone between 15th and 17th October 2010. Data were weighted to be representative demographically of all GB adults. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules (www.britishpollingcouncil.org).  Full data tables available at www.comres.co.uk.

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